David Campbell, president of Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated, Horsham, PA, offered the help of his entire organization to the Homes of Hope effort, a program run by the international ministry group, Youth With A Mission.
Two teams were sent, expenses paid, to Ensenada, Mexico, where they helped build a home for a family in need.
Upon learning of the program through his involvement with the Young Presidents Organization, Campbell gathered his family and took them to Mexico to participate in this project.
“The concept is similar to Habitat for Humanity, only on a very small budget. In fact, one of the things that makes it attractive is a group of 10 to 15 people will build a home for a family in two days. The home is more like a shed by our standards, but for these families, who may have been living in a car, it is greatly appreciated.”
The experience was so impressive that Campbell extended the opportunity to the entire company.
“Obviously, it is an opportunity to help families that are less fortunate, but also it is an opportunity to spend time with other members of the company and get to know and see them in a different setting — team building through a shared experience.”
A group of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) staff from Los Angeles went to Tijuana in 1990 to build one house for a needy family. As the home was being constructed, the YWAM team realized the incredible need so close to home and a few months later Homes of Hope was born.
To date approximately 2,000 homes have been built for the poorest of the poor in Tijuana, and Ensenada, Mexico.
Established in 1868, Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated is a designer and provider of residential building products.
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